Setting your sights on Golden Retrievers

By Connie Orcutt • Published: April 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

Sometimes, specific dog breeds are targeted by disease. A case in point is pigmentary [PIG-ment-air-y] uveitis [you-vee-ITE-us], which primarily attacks Golden Retrievers.

Golden Retriever Uveitis, or GRU, is a type of inflammation that affects the vascular parts of the eye—like the colored iris. Early signs include squinting, tearing and light sensitivity. Dark fluid-filled cysts may also be visible inside the eye.

Initially, GRU may affect just one eye, but eventually both eyes are involved. If left unchecked, the inflammation can cause cataracts, glaucoma (which is increased pressure inside the eye) and even blindness.

If you’re the owner of a Golden Retriever, keep your eyes open for signs of GRU. The earlier they’re detected, the sooner your dog can be treated with anti-inflammatories aimed at slowing the progression of disease.